Bhp Winter Gardens

Garden gems nestle high in the building

The brief for this project was to create elegant, sustainable “gardens in the sky” that could be enjoyed by office workers in this new corporate headquarters located in the centre of Melbourne. A series of fountains were used in the various winter gardens that helped ameliorate the often-dry air created by air conditioning, in order to sustain a healthier human and plant environment. Various Bamboo's, Raphis Palms, Figs and other low level light loving species were selected to create a green oasis in key locations throughout the building. The main fountain structure was clad in Carrara marble "off cuts" sourced from unwanted pieces from the main lobbies within the building. At night, the gardens are a green feature from the street as they glow from within the building.

Date: 
2006
Location: 
Melbourne VIC
Architect: 
Lyons Architects
Designer: 
Paterson + Pettus P/L
Photographer: 
Peter Bennetts
Client: 
BHP Billiton & Grocon